Byzantine and Christian Museum :: Sculpture

Sarcophagus (00935)

BXM: 000935
Exhibition room: II.3 Worship and art

Date: 10th-11th

Dimensions (cm): 67,5x 221,5x 75
Provenance: Athens

The marble sarcophagus was found during excavations in the area around Hadrian's Library [in Athens].  On the main face it has relief decoration with a central cross flanked by two others inscribed in a circle.  All the crosses are ornamented with plant motifs.  Both the decoration and the plain carving link the sarcophagus with a series of Athenian sculptures − mainly lintels − of the 10th and 11th centuries.  The example from Hadrian's Library is one of the few monolithic sarcophagi in the Byzantine world.